S. Paul Kapur

Visiting Fellow

S. Paul Kapur is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School. During the 2021–22 academic year, he will be a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. From 2020 to 2021, Kapur served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, working on issues related to South and Central Asia, Indo-Pacific strategy, and US-India relations.

Previously, he taught at Claremont McKenna College and was a visiting professor at Stanford University. His research and teaching interests include the international security environment in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific, nuclear weapons proliferation, deterrence, and Islamist militancy.

Kapur is author of Jihad as Grand Strategy: Islamist Militancy, National Security, and the Pakistani State (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Dangerous Deterrent: Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Conflict in South Asia (Stanford University Press, 2007); and coauthor of India, Pakistan and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia (Columbia University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in leading journals such as International SecuritySecurity StudiesAsian Survey, and Washington Quarterly, and in a variety of edited volumes. Kapur also manages consultancy and engagement projects for the US Department of Defense. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his BA from Amherst College.

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Analysis and Commentary

How India Can Square The Circle Of Russia With The US And Other Quad Partners

by S. Paul Kapurvia South China Morning Post
Thursday, May 19, 2022

The next meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, is scheduled for May 24 in Tokyo.

Co-author: Sumit Ganguly

Analysis and Commentary

Diverging US And Indian Approaches To Europe: The Problem Of Ukraine

by S. Paul Kapurvia Observer Research Foundation
Monday, May 2, 2022

The United States-India strategic partnership—driven by the need to offset rising Chinese power and ensure that the Indo-Pacific remains free and open—is rooted firmly in Asia.


Paul Kapur On CNN-News18

interview with S. Paul Kapurvia CNN News 18
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Kapur says the Indo-Pacific region remains a top priority for the US.

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India And The United States: Expanding Indo-Pacific Cooperation To The Middle East

by S. Paul Kapurvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

During the Obama administration, the United States began deprioritizing the Middle East, turning its attention increasingly to the Indo-Pacific and the challenge of rising Chinese power. Biden administration officials have stated that they intend to continue the process. As a result, the United States could find itself drawing down its Middle East presence even as an increasingly ambitious China makes strategic inroads in the region through such measures as its Belt-and-Road Initiative.

Analysis and Commentary

Why India Must Not Remain Silent On Ukraine

by S. Paul Kapurvia National Interest
Friday, March 4, 2022

India cannot change Russia’s course in Ukraine. But it can end its acquiescence in Russian aggression.

Analysis and Commentary

Biden Must Build On Trump's Partnership With India

by S. Paul Kapurvia National Interest
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Grounding U.S. India policy in five key principles can help the Biden administration build upon the efforts of past administrations, avoiding pitfalls that could stymie U.S.-India cooperation, and leveraging opportunities that will advance it.


No, Trump Didn’t Force Biden’s Withdrawal

by S. Paul Kapurvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 1, 2021

[Subscription Required] The Taliban violated the Doha agreement, so the U.S. could have stayed.

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Combustible South Asia

by S. Paul Kapurvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The military relationship between Pakistan and India is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

South Asia: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by S. Paul Kapur
Thursday, March 12, 2015

This section is about nuclear-armed India and Pakistan and the dilemma that confronts them today.